Fake marijuana outlawed

The Wareham Board of Health voted Oct. 16 to ban the sale of synthetic marijuana, which includes products that are marketed as tobacco, herbs, incense, spice, bath salts, and plant food. The regulation takes effect this Sunday, and violations will be punishable by a $150 fine for the first offense, and $300 for each subsequent offense. Chemicals used to make “fake pot” products have come under closer scrutiny in recent years. In 2011, the US Drug Enforcement Administration began treating certain synthetic cannabinoids as controlled substances. Geoffrey Yalenezian, CEO of Brennan’s Smoke Shop, said the local ban will not affect his store at 208 Main St. “We stopped selling that stuff a couple years ago when the DEA got involved,” said Yalenezian. “It’s dangerous stuff.”